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Dear Readers, It’s such an exciting issue with our Big Give nonprofit section. Readers always enjoy this section, and that is a testament to our community’s commitment to helping others. We couldn’t ignore Fall Fashion with all the exciting new styles coming out and Omaha’s Fashion Week in September. The boutiques I talked to were giddy with excitement from their buying trips. I hope you will enjoy the fashion news from the boutiques and useful tips in the article on page 36. On our cover is the fresh and beautiful Madison Karels of Papillion, who is wearing a cozy sweater by Babette. It is from Sarah’s Boutique in Countryside Village. Karels’ makeup was done by Amber Carter, Esthetician and Makeup Artist at Five Salon. Karels’ hair was done by Melissa Haire, also from Five Salon. Five Salon is an Aveda Lifestyle Salon in One Pacific Place. Check out Five Salon’s ad in this issue for a special offer for new clients. We’re excited about Mary Anne Vaccaro gracing our Fall Fashion issue pages. This Omaha fashionista with close ties to the NY and international fashion world is about to have a national impact with her image consulting business. Read more about Vaccaro on page 10.


Don’t miss the BEFORE and AFTER beauty story on page 35, where we take a busy pizza restaurant manager who has been coloring her own blonde hair (!). The AFTER photo is super glamorous! Many thanks to SEVEN Salon and Christel’s for their contributions to this day of pampering for our subject, Kim Ponec. Last, for a fun weekend activity, come on out to the Riverfront Wine Festival Aug. 28 and 29. It’s a great event for our city, a benefit for the Junior League of Omaha and a lot of fun. It’s in its second year. Attendees get to taste and compare wines and beers from all over the world, attend seminars and listen to live bands. For more information on this event, see We’ll be there! Come say hello.

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Building a Rock Fountain Then fill the hole with either a pre-formed plastic rock bed liner (fit should be snug) or use a roll of rubber liner to create your own rock bed shape. A rubber liner that’s 45mm thick is recommended to prevent punctures and water loss. Cut the rubber liner to allow it to overlap all edges of the hole by a few feet.

Rock fountains are fast becoming one of the most popular outdoor living features in yards across the country. After all, what could be more comforting and relaxing that listening to the tranquil sound of water bubbling over rocks? In the Omaha metro, most landscaping companies charge between $1,800 and $2,200 for a standard bubbling rock installation, with costs going up to several thousand dollars for unique and technical designs. Though these fountains are beautiful, no doubt, they are out of the price range for some. But homeowners willing to put in a couple days’ hard work and spend several hundred dollars (rather than thousands) at a home supply store and rock yard can create their own diy bubbling rock garden. The following steps show you how to make a small, inexpensive rock fountain in just a few, easy steps. 1. Choose the location. Choose an area of the yard that’s flat, and from which you can both view and hear the fountain well, such as near a patio or through a bedroom window (A fountain next to the AC unit is not good). Finally, a GFI-protected electrical outlet is required for the fountain pump. If one is not nearby, it’s best to have one installed by a professional electrician (an extra $100-$200 cost).

4. Cover With a Grate. The grate serves as a protective cover for the pump and provides a place for rocks to be layed over it to conceal it above. A grate cover can be made by staple-gunning chicken wire over a square piece of hog panel. A charcoal grill rack works well also. Cover the pump with the grate, then feed the tubing up through the wire or rack.

2. Dig the hole. Dig the fountain hole between two and three feet deep and at least two feet wide, leveling the ground below.

5. Find Your Rock. Visit a local rock yard and shop for your fountain centerpiece. The boulder will require a 1-inch hole be

3. Place the Fountain Pump. Water pumps vary in size and strength, measured in gallons per hour. Purchase a pump that’s a bit stronger than your estimated required power for your rock fountain, as water pressure can be adjusted down if needed. (If still unsure how powerful a pump you’ll need, ask for assistance). Then attach 3/4-inch plastic tubing to the pump and place it in the basin of the rock bed, with tubing facing up.




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6. Position the Rocks. Move the large fountain rock into position on top of the grate, feeding the plastic tubing partially up through the hole (If tubing is too long, trim it). Fill the rest of the ground hole with medium and small stones. Using at least 4-inch rock (river rock works well) allows the fountain water to best drain into the reserve well and be re-circulated. Position other medium rocks around the large stone for accent if you wish, and add more small stones in an 18- to 24-inch diameter around the fountain rock. 7. Fill and Go. Use a hose to sufficiently fill the reservoir, then plug in your fountain pump and enjoy! Landscape lighting and soft foliage will only enhance your enjoyment. A few other tips: - Remember to periodically add water to your fountain to replenish water lost to evaporation. - To prevent algae, add a capful of bleach to your fountain water. (However, if kids or animals play in/drink the water, this is not recommended.) - Using a fountain heater will allow you to run the fountain longer into the winter season. If you decide to turn off your fountain for the winter, be sure to fill the reservoir and allow it to freeze. Do not turn it on and off. Information for this article was acquired from Cory Wehrbein, co-owner of Greenlife Gardens; Luke Snyder, v.p. of Clear Creek Landscapes; and the website

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Just about the second or third week in August, most kids in the Omaha metro will find themselves headed back to school. With the carefree days of summer behind them, they’ll slowly get back to the books and homework, return to school sports and lunch rooms, and acquaint themselves with teachers and classmates, both old and new. Yet another school year will begin, and in all likelihood, not without a few jitters and hiccups along the way. In the few weeks before the kids head back to the classroom, so, too, will hundreds of Omaha area teachers. They also will face challenges in settling into a new year and routine. But while many have been away from the brick-and-mortar school over the long summer break, most teachers have never truly left the job, never stopped being an educator. For Michaela Smith, an Omaha South and Bryan High School educator who works as a liason between Native American students and classroom teachers, summers are full of 8 HER • AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2010 • WWW.READONLINENOW.COM

chances to interact with past and future students. “The Native Baldwin also attended the International Society of Technology and American Programs [for OPS] offered many opportunities to our Education seminar, which focused on bringing technology into the students this past summer, ranging from camps at the Rose Theater classroom, demonstrating what a 21st century classroom should look to ACT Prep courses…I assisted with many of these programs.” like. Using Skype in education was just one topic of discussion. Then, in early August, Smith begins working with “This is big for me, as an educator. I want kids to think globally, OPS teachers, helping them understand the needs of and make the connections between music and every part of their their Native American students. Among those things curriculum – social studies, math, science. The goal is not to discussed: setting achievement goals, planning Pow make all students fabulous musicians, but to help them connect all Wows, field trips and art competitions, and developing aspects of learning.” cultural classes. These activities benefit all children Duchesne Academy science teacher Heidi Meyer, a 17-year in the classroom, not just the Native Americans, Smith teaching veteran, typically spends her summers attending seminars said. “It’s fun learning from each student their unique on her fields of study: chemistry, physics and environmental experiences that contribute to their Native American science. “I recently attended a KICKS inquiry institute in heritage.” Columbus, which focused on making science learning more LaVista Junior High School teacher Tracey Grisham student-centered,” Meyer said. will begin her 13th year in teaching this August, and her This summer, Meyer also invested time in placing all her lessons, 9th year teaching middle school. “Seventh graders can labs and activities on Angel, a newly created Duchesne website be difficult, but we that all students can access via the Internet on their schoolseem to read each Teacher Tips for Getting a issued laptop. other well. They Good Start to the School Year “I advise other teachers to prefer my bold-faced • Don’t overload your kids with reading and math facts over the use their summer time to get honesty. There’s a summer; let them enjoy their free time. When back-to-school prepared, because when the year level of trust there. approaches, help them get excited and ready for a new year. starts, you’ll be pressed for time.” [Middle school] is • If you are nervous about the upcoming school year, don’t let it For OPS’s Smith, the toughest my comfort zone.” show; kids mirror your behavior. aspect of beginning any new Grisham typically spends her • Get involved in your children’s school and take part in the school year is getting her students summers “off” teaching regional school activities that matter to them. back into a routine, and starting continuing education seminars them off with the right tools to for teachers. One of her recent • Get to know your children’s teachers early on and continue their ongoing success course titles for the Nebraska communicate with them regularly. throughout the year. “I feel the Association of Middle-Level • Help your child discover their gifts and talents. Teach them to Educators: Creating Students best way to go about this is to stay celebrate and pursue those gifts. Build their confidence. Who Love to Read and Write. “If positive with my students and set I could be in school year-round, the highest possible standards,” I would be, either learning or she said. teaching,” she said. Learning new students’ names is always a challenge, year after During the summer months, Grisham says she’s often back at year, said Heidi Meyer. So, too, can be getting the kids motivated LaVista Junior High checking in new language arts materials, to want to learn again, “So I usually start out the year with evaluating ways she can improve coordination with other demonstrations and engaging activities. Then, introducing the professionals she co-teaches with, and a host of other things to concepts you want them to learn, not the other way around.” prepare for the coming school year. “I’m also on the curriculum When asked what she finds most difficult about the beginning writing committee which meets year-round. We do our big revisions of a new school year, LaVista Junior High’s Grisham replied, “All in the summer, based on how the previous year went. those meetings!” required by the school administration. “I don’t “I’ve always been that teacher in the building during the summer know many teachers that aren’t anxious to just get back into the that the janitorial staff finds inconvenient,” she jokes. “Now that classroom. Most would beg for just a couple more days in their we have school laptops, though, I hope to work more from home.” rooms, with unscheduled time to prepare and ‘get their armor on’ This year, with a wedding of her own and her brother’s wedding before the kids arrive.” to attend, Grisham took the year off from teaching seminars and Even with lots of prep time, Grisham warns that teachers need opted for another role: tutor. She typically tutors three or four to know that there will be “small bombs dropped” that will wreak students a summer, holding sessions at the LaVista Library. “This havoc on teachers’ plans in the first few weeks. “It’s not tragic. You year, I worked with a junior in high school on his reading and just need to have a good attitude.” writing, and oversaw the studies of my stepson and niece as they More teacher tips from Millard Public School’s Baldwin: Ask for worked on their math.” help, and be patient. “We as teachers often seem to think we need Michelle Baldwin, a veteran Millard Public Schools’ educator to be self-sufficient. But the best thing to do when faced with a and the music teacher at Grace Abbott Elementary, spent part of problem is ask a colleague for help or advice. Pull from their bag of her summer attending the World Music Drumming Workshop in tricks, and create a network of teachers you can call on. Denver. The workshop teaches about different drumming patterns “And know that the kids will take one step forward and two steps and uses of percussion instruments; knowledge which Baldwin will backward those first days. 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Dressing Up The World Fashionista Mary Anne Vaccaro Brings

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Mary Anne Vaccaro wants to dress up the world. “I believe in dressing up. It doesn’t mean dressing fancy. You can still be comfortable,” said Vaccaro. “Fewer than 2 percent of women wear suits to work. That is sad. Because they certainly look better,” said Vaccaro. Vaccaro’s career has taken her from designing advertising to custom couture clothing to image consulting. “It’s a natural for me.” Vaccaro has always been about “making the woman” rather than following the latest style. “Sadly, fashion has become more about shock value.’ Once the exclusive property of celebrities, politicians and business titans, image consulting is becoming more common. Women in transition, who are returning to the work force or switching careers, or have experienced a significant weight loss,



seek image consulting services. Businesses, too, are hiring image consulting specialists to school their work force in appropriate business attire. Image consulting is not just a makeover; involving appearance, etiquette, poise, and communication — including interview — skills, it encompasses the entire presentation package. Vaccaro maintains that image consulting should not be reduced to just fashion but is “more about wanting to be perceived properly at work and in social settings.” Vaccaro, who has designed and produced couture clothes for 30 years, begins the process in her clients’ homes by assessing what they have in their closets. “When I find timeless, great pieces I pull them aside and explain to the client what is great about them and what we’ll do to bring the pieces back to life,” says Vaccaro. She is a big fan of classic pieces because they flatter most figures. But many women mistakenly equate “classic” with “boring.” Vaccaro advocates “classic designs with punctuation,” like a surprise pleat or an interesting lapel. The right accessories complete the outfit. Her clients try everything on for her. What is lacking in her clients’ existing wardrobes, she will then shop for with them. Her mantra: “Quality, quality, quality.” Buying on sale gives both your wardrobe and pocket book a boost, “if it’s what is right for you or will work for you later,” she qualifies. It does no good to have a fabulous wardrobe but can’t see what you have because your closet is unorganized and your dresser drawers, disheveled. Recognizing this, Vaccaro also includes in her service a complete reorganization of her clients’ clothing and accessory storage. Vaccaro is taking image consulting to a national level, and is launching a speaking career along with an image consulting cruise. A Silversea cruise is planned for 2011 from Venice to Monte Carlo. “I will be speaking and shopping,” said Vaccaro, “I am looking forward to that.”

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Dr. Erin Loucks, husband Patrick and kids PJ, Micah and Easten walk the trails at Standing Bear Lake.

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Make activity a regular part of your kids’ lives from an early age The next time you are tempted to sit on the couch with your family, grab some tennis shoes instead of a bag of chips and get moving instead. Dr. Erin Loucks, a pediatrician with Children’s Physicians Dundee, enthusiastically agrees. “I love to get my kids outside,” says Dr. Loucks. As a pediatrician she often counsels parents to introduce kids to sports and exercise at an early age, helping them to form lifelong healthy habits. She says that kids who see their parents, and even grandparents, break a sweat will be more likely to love exercise as well. And this is one doc who practices

what she preaches — last May Dr. Loucks ran the Lincoln half-marathon and she is planning to run the Omaha half-marathon in September. Walk The best thing about walking is that it’s free. You can walk around your neighborhood, or explore new areas. A walk through the Old Market and Heartland of America Park can log close to two miles, depending how many times you make it around the lake. Add a walk through the Gene Leahy Mall or a trip to the Bob Kerrey


Pedestrian Bridge, and you will surely get a bunch of steps—and the chance to tell people you walked to Iowa. You can make it even more fun by getting a pedometer to count the number of steps you take. “A simple walk is actual face-to-face time with your family, a good time to check in and see how everyone is doing,” says Dr. Loucks, who can often be found walking with her husband, Patrick, and their kids, 8-year-old PJ, 5-year-old Micah and 2-year-old Easten, at Standing Bear Lake and Fontenelle Forest. Just remember to leave the flip-flops at home. Be sure to wear a pair of shoes


with a nice arch support for proper foot support. Bike Omaha has one of the largest urban bike trail systems in the U.S. that is not interrupted by motor vehicle traffic, which makes it very safe and perfect for families. Dave Reinarz of Bike Masters, located at 5265 N. 129th Street, says a great place to get started is at a local bike shop where you can pick up a trail map and get advice on the equipment that will best fit your family’s needs. Reinarz thinks that biking is a great way to spend time with family and can often be found on the trails in Bellevue with his 8-year-old grandson, Kaleb. “We regularly ride for 30 to 45 minutes before school,” says Reinarz. As for safety, it never hurts to start young. Dr. Loucks recommends starting your kids with a helmet when you first introduce them to a tricycle. “The earlier you get them used to the feel of a helmet, the more they will want to use it,” says Dr. Loucks. Swim Another great way to get your family moving is to start swimming. The YMCA is a great place to introduce people of all ages to the water, with 10 metro branches offering classes for children and adults. You can also visit for a list of Omaha Public Pools—with 16 seasonal pools and three year-round facilities in the metro area. Andrea and Lelberth Gonzalez introduced their girls, 7-year-old LeAni and 5-year-old RyeLe, to the pool before they were even 2 years old. Wanting the girls to be comfortable in the water, they signed up for swim lessons at the Downtown YMCA. The Gonzalez’s love to swim together, and are very happy that they made the decision to start early. “The pool helped them be more outgoing and social,” says Lilberth, adding, “I noticed they became more confident in themselves.”

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Jean B. Mills: Fearless Designer

Jean Mills describes making art as her life force. And since arriving in Omaha six years ago, she has taught seasoned artists and students, scientists, dreamers, pragmatists, and naifs how to tap into their own creative power. “Art brings joy and balance to my life,” she says, and doesn’t hesitate when I ask if that route is open to nonartists. “Absolutely. It’s about personal creativity and problem solving. Art widens our horizons; we notice the world in a new way.” Mills has been at the front of the fiber arts movement as artist, teacher, author, lecturer, and psychotherapist. Working with fabric, paper, threads, yarns, and beads, she composes small-format wall hangings that are enticingly beautiful and engagingly complex. Her five-piece Water Series (2009) addressed in a direct and personal way the fragile health of our environment and natural resources. The series was exhibited at Nobel Conference 45 at Gustavus Adolphus College, Minn., as well as galleries in Nebraska, Iowa, Washington, and California. Creating Wonderland, a spring exhibition at the Hot Shops, took Alice in Wonderland as a theme and a challenge. Mills’s response, Through the Rabbit Hole, is a wryly playful sculpture, with holes cut into its three sides inviting a peek inside. The interior is brightly colored fabric, with mirrors that both reflect and confuse the space.

Mills is a founding member of Studio 314, a fiber arts cooperative located at the Hot Shops. On weekends, long tables are set up in the studio for her popular classes. [New classes begin in September— see sidebar.] Mills calls her process-oriented approach “snitzle,” referring to the small bits of fabrics used as a basis for collage. As she demonstrates in her book, Fearless Design for Every Quilter (2009), wide-open spontaneity is shaped by an understanding of the basic principles of art. Students are encouraged to take risks and learn to critique in a mutually supportive environment. Some students here and in Seattle, Mills’s home territory, have taken classes for years and continue to discover new aspects of personal expression and art-making. When she was 25, a horrific car accident broke nearly every bone in Mills’s body. Through 17 subsequent surgeries art became a medium of healing, and continues to be a key component in managing chronic pain. Her enthusiasm for life is energizing and contagious. A tiny seed bead rolls across my notes. Made of sparkling chartreuse glass, it’s a pretty thing. But when a thread passes through its empty bore and joins it with other beads or adds it to an embroidered motif, it becomes an element of wholeness and joy—a work of art.



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Her Magazine’s annual look at local nonprofits returns for a third year Welcome to Omaha’s Big Give, HER Magazine and Omaha Publications’ annual tribute to the good work done by local nonprofit organizations. Now in its third year, Omaha’s Big Give was designed to heighten awareness about nonprofits in Omaha and surrounding towns, and the wonderful work they are doing to support and reach out to Nebraskans in need. It’s also intended to act as a reference guide to our readers, helping them determine how they might best donate their time, talents, charitable gifts, and other resources and give back to their community. With the recent economic hard times, demand for the services of many of these nonprofits is being felt more than ever. Read on to learn about what these Big Givers do for our community, the impact they’ve made, and the ways you can lend a hand (or pay it forward). This year, 18 local nonprofits chose to participate in the Big Give. For more information about the section, or to inquire about participation in the 2011 Big Give, you can call 884.2000 or email us at Past issues of the Big Give can be found in archived copies of HER Magazine at


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Big Givers: Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission providing basic needs and life-changing programs for the homeless and needy, with long-term solutions that break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Our desire is to be a bridge for people striving to reclaim the basic necessities of life, restore their God-given dignity and hope, and rejoin the community as full and active participants. Candace L. Gregory, President/CEO, is a national advocate for the homeless. She uses her extensive experience in community prevention programs to help end the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Gregory longs to build a bridge of hope to others, and develops innovative ways to make it happen through partnerships and collaborations.

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Pay it Forward: Our need is greater today than in any other year in the Mission’s history. The Rebuilding Lives Campaign is creating a campus with safe shelter for men, women, and children. Open Door Mission continues to provide the tools to equip and empower them to prevent and end the cycle of homelessness and poverty. The first phase of the Rebuilding Lives Campaign addresses the ongoing needs of homeless women, children, and families, the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. The Lydia House expansion opened in January 2010 and allows us to serve 62 percent more women and families than was previously possible. Our Permanent Supportive Housing Facility, phase two, is presently under construction. It will provide a safe, stable place for men, women, and families to live during their transition from homeless to self-sufficiency. This facility is scheduled to open in the winter of 2010. Single men account for 44 percent of the U.S. homeless population, the largest percentage of any group. Phase 3 will create 143 percent more bed space for homeless men. Open Door Mission is still raising funds to bring this phase to completion. Open Door Mission’s Timberlake Outreach Center offers a wide variety of preventive measures designed to help struggling families remain in their homes. These measures are provided at no cost and include clothing, furniture, appliances and household goods, plus life-skills classes, GED readiness, ESL classes and case management. Follow Open Door Mission on:


Coalicion de Accion contra el Tabaco de la zona Metropolitana de Omaha Combatiendo El Tabaco Mediante Accion Comunitaria

3801 Harney St. • Omaha, NE 68131-3811 • 402.546.1099 •

Big Givers: The Metro Omaha Tobacco Action Coalition (MOTAC) was formed in 1992 in order to strengthen tobacco prevention efforts in the Omaha area. Through public education and community action, MOTAC has taken the lead within Douglas County to address tobacco-related issues. MOTAC supports numerous youth and minority initiatives and provides free technical support and public recognition for businesses and property owners interested in adopting smoke-free/tobacco-free policies.

Brag Lines: Between 2000 and 2008, MOTAC recruited more than 12,400 individuals to advocate for smoke-free air initiatives, playing a key role in urging Nebraska’s lawmakers to pass the Nebraska Clean Indoor Air Act of 2008. In collaboration with other local groups, MOTAC was a resource to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and the Wildlife Safari during the implementation of their 100 percent tobacco-free policies. Partnering with local law enforcement, MOTAC coordinates quarterly tobacco compliance checks for Douglas County, helping to lower the rate of tobacco retailers selling to minors from 23 percent in 2002 to 4.4 percent in 2010.

Pay it Forward: MOTAC is looking for partnerships with organizations or individuals who want to collaborate on tobacco-prevention activities. Membership in MOTAC is free and allows for great networking and resource sharing in our community. For additional information, visit Para la información adicional en español, la vista


6824 J St. • Omaha NE, 68117 • 402-331-1213

(Photo of Duff Goldman courtesy of Green Room Studios)

Big Givers:

Food Bank president/ CEO Susan Ogborn

Food Bank for the Heartland serves as a central distribution center of food for approximately 140 pantries and 190 meal providers like emergency shelters and day care centers. Our mission is to eliminate hunger in Nebraska and western Iowa where we serve a total of 93 counties. Many people know us as the Omaha Food Bank. In November 2009, the organization’s name was changed to better reflect the mission which is to serve most of Nebraska and a good portion of Iowa. The face of the Food Bank is President/CEO Susan Ogborn.

Brag Lines: Approximately 22,000 different people in any given week reach out for emergency food assistance in our area. That’s approximately the size of the city of Papillion. Just three short years ago, the Food Bank distributed about 5 million pounds of food. The Food Bank is now on pace to distribute 8 million pounds to meet a growing need. Thanks to generous corporate and individual donors, the Food Bank is able to help those struggling to put food on the table. Approximately 55 percent of the food donated to the Food Bank comes from corporate donations while 21 percent comes from food drives. While the Food Bank’s staff is small, little could be accomplished without the efforts of our dedicated volunteers. In 2009, volunteers contributed an average of 1,500 man hours every month. Meantime, the Food Bank’s event fundraising record was smashed in February thanks to “Ace of Cakes” Duff Goldman who helped generate over $250,000 during the Celebrity Chef event.

Pay it Forward: While Food Bank for the Heartland is grateful for all gifts, a donated dollar can do more than a donated canned good. As an example, approximately 6 percent of the food in the Food Bank’s warehouse is purchased. This includes staple items we guarantee pantries and meal providers that we will have on hand like macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, canned tuna, canned chicken, canned fruit and canned green beans. For example, each month the Food Bank will purchase and distribute 4,000 boxes of macaroni and cheese. Each box is purchased for 36 cents. A donated dollar allows the Food Bank to buy almost three boxes compared to what the average consumer would pay for one box in a grocery store.


Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition  2240 Landon Court, Omaha, NE 68102  (402) 346-0902

CEO Dr. Donna Polk-Primm

Big Givers: NUIHC’s mission is to elevate the health status of Native Americans to the highest level possible. We provide behavioral health care services at our facility in Omaha, medical care services at our clinic in Lincoln, and transportation to medical appointments for urban Indians living in Sioux City. Dr. Donna Polk-Primm is the “face” of NUIHC.

Brag Lines: We are one of the 34 programs in the U.S. that are funded by the Indian Health Service to meet the healthcare needs of urban Indians. We recently purchased our Landon Court property. We have big plans to develop our little corner of the city. Since our incorporation in 1986, we have cared for thousands of Native people- many whom have traveled from as far away as Alaska, California, and Arizona.

Pay it Forward: The plight of Native Americans, whether living on reservations or in urban areas, is probably the most hidden of all minority groups in the U.S. First, the citizens of Omaha (named after the Umonhon tribe) can help by choosing to be aware of the needs of those who lived in the “heartland” before everyone else did. Second, we can contribute money to help NUIHC offer our clients – who must remain confidential – the finest facilities and the most qualified providers of care.


Siena/Francis House Homeless Shelter 1702 Nicholas Street • Omaha, NE 68102 402-341-1821

Big Givers: The Siena/Francis House, with three facilities at 17th & Nicholas Streets, is the region’s largest provider of emergency housing for women, youth, infants and single men. The Siena/Francis House is dedicated to providing all of our services to our homeless guests with respect and dignity, and tries never to turn anyone away who comes to us for assistance. The Siena/Francis, led by Mike Saklar, Executive Director, is a 501 (C)(3), tax-exempt, charitable organization, is not affiliated with any parent organization or church, and is not a United Way member agency.

Brag Lines: The Siena/Francis House is the premier provider of services to homeless men, women and children. The Siena/Francis House has two model emergency shelter facilities which provide safe, clean and secure housing for its guests. On any given night the Siena/Francis House provides more emergency shelter and food to families and individuals who are homeless than the other four other local shelters, combined. The Siena/Francis House provides all of our services at no cost to our guests. The Siena/Francis House operates Nebraska’s largest residential mental health/chemical addictions treatment program administered by licensed professionals. The Siena/Francis House’s mental health/chemical addictions treatment program is the only such program in our community that does not charge fees to participants for services. The Siena/Francis House has a 95-person employment training program which provides the homeless work-related and personal growth skills. Employment training staff help operate the Siena/Francis House’s facilities and programs and receive monthly stipends for their work. The Siena/Francis House has a unique Day Services program administered by licensed mental health and addictions specialists. In 2009, the Siena/Francis House Day Services team helped 413 families and individuals attain permanent housing. The Siena/Francis House Day Services team helps over 400 families and individuals each month with veterans benefits, Social Security assistance, education assistance, domestic violence matters, child care, family reunification, transportation, and obtaining identification. The Siena/Francis House partners with over 70 other programs and agencies in order to achieve positive outcomes for our homeless guests. The Siena/Francis House has developed a vast network of suppliers and providers that will enable us to provide 420,000 meals in 2010.

Pay it Forward: The Siena/Francis House is sheltering a record number of homeless this year and relies primarily on the generosity of the community for its operational expenses. Having sufficient supplies is crucial. For example, each month we need 2,600 rolls of toilet paper and enough soap for 5,760 loads of laundry. Please visit to make a contribution, donate materials, or to volunteer.


2200 N. 20th St. Omaha, NE 68110 402-341-4673 Tammy Evans, M.S. Marketing & Development Director

Big Givers: In 1998, Ty Schenzel responded to a plea from the football coach of the now-closed Father Flanagan High School, begging for community support for his team because no one was showing up at the games. This small request ignited a passion and sense of purpose within the Hope Center’s executive director to create an organization that offered Omaha’s inner-city youth a safe alternative to life on the streets. The former Boys Club building was purchased, giving the Hope Center a physical presence within the North Omaha community. Our staff strives every day, with every single child, to end the cycle of generational hopelessness that has been embedded in many of those living in North Omaha. This cycle keeps kids in an underserved, disadvantaged community with limited resources for them to grow spiritually, educationally, physically, and professionally. The support of our partners has allowed the Hope Center to provide a safe, supportive place for youth ages 5-19 every day after school and throughout the summer. Studies prove well-structured after-school programs effectively expand students’ learning time and constructively fill those hours that entice unsupervised youth into delinquent or high-risk activities. Students in after-school programs also exhibit fewer behavioral problems, are better able to handle conflicts, and exhibit improved self-esteem. Research shows youth ages 10-16 who have a relationship with a mentor are 46 percent less likely to start using drugs and 27 percent less likely to start drinking alcohol. It is crucial the Hope Center for Kids continues to be a positive presence in the North Omaha community.

Brag Lines: In 11 years, we have expanded to include a roller skating rink and are home to the largest Kids Café program in the state, providing nearly 20,000 hot meals last year. Through our after-school and summer programs and Hope Skate, we currently serve more than 500 local youth a week. In 2009, the Hope Center for Kids provided services for more than 1,000 youth. Our members received approximately 4,000 hours of social skills teaching and 25,000 hours of tutoring and educational support. Ninety percent of Hope Center seniors graduated from high school, and 81 percent of those went on to college. Our youth gained 8,000 hours of work experience through our 21 part-time jobs. Donations from generous members of our community and 8,750 hours of volunteer service have allowed the Hope Center for Kids to make an incredible impact on the lives of children.

Pay it Forward: The Hope Center for Kids is able to provide programs thanks to partnerships with local agencies, businesses, churches, and individuals. We appreciate support at all levels including financial gifts, volunteering time, and donating items. For more information on financial giving, visit our website at or contact Patt Giese: 402- 341-4673 x 1008. Volunteer opportunities are available in: -Education Center (Homework help and tutoring) -Kitchen (Meal Preparation and Clean-up) -Cleaning and Maintenance -Clubs (Art, Athletics, Music, etc…)


Contact Alysia Coit, Volunteer Coordinator, for more information: 402-341-4673 Ext. 1002

National Headquarters 4980 S. 118th St. Omaha NE, 68137 402-896-3884 Mosaic Agency: 10011 J St. Omaha NE, 68127 402-896-9980

Big Givers: Mosaic is a national organization based in Omaha serving more than 3,600 people with intellectual disabilities. Through programs in 13 states, Mosaic provides residential services, supported living, life skills training, job coaching and employment options, affordable housing and other services tailored to the needs of each individual we serve. The organization is an affiliated social ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a member of Lutheran Services in America and a member of the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR). Mosaic’s mission: “Embracing God’s call to serve in the world, Mosaic advocates for people with intellectual disabilities and provides opportunities for them to enjoy a full life.”

Brag Lines: Mosaic’s Omaha program serves more than 250 people through approximately 300 staff members and is currently constructing four new homes to serve 24 additional people. A May fund raising event, the Heartland Hoedown, had record-setting attendance and raised more than $50,000. Internationally, Mosaic has created partnerships with local organizations to provide services in several foreign countries. In Romania, a unique program works to bring children with disabilities out of institutions and into group homes and family homes. In Tanzania, a partnership with the local Lutheran church is bringing children with disabilities into day programs at local education centers and giving respite to family care givers while providing training for women to be para-educators. The organization also has created the Mosaic Collaborative for Disabilities Public Policy and Practice. The Collaborative works to promote policies that create equitable inclusion for people with disabilities worldwide.

Pay it Forward: For many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the only income is Social Security, which is stretched to pay for rent, utilities, groceries, medications, adaptive equipment, and other personal expenses. When funds fall short, charitable donations help bridge the gap to provide items and activities that would not otherwise be available. Donations can be designated to areas where most needed, specific agency locations, the Mosaic Endowment Fund, or Mosaic international programs. Volunteers can help as a member of Mosaic Allied Voices (MAV). MAV volunteers promote public awareness of disability issues, advocate for equality, and work to advance sustainable strategies that shape public policy. There are other volunteer opportunities available as well. To learn more about Mosaic, become a volunteer or make a donation, visit


need logo & photos A Community-Based Child Protection Center

7110 F Street Omaha, NE 68117-1014 (402) 595-1326 Moving in the coming months to: 11948 Q Street Omaha, NE 68137-3593

Deb Anderson

Big Givers:

Gene Klein

The mission of Project Harmony is to protect and support children, collaborate with professionals and engage the community to end child abuse and neglect. Project Harmony is a nonprofit agency whose purpose is to respond to the abuse of children One Child at time. The collaborative, child focused approach ensures that children are not further victimized by the systems intended to protect them. Professionals from Project Harmony, Child Protective Services, Law Enforcement and the Medical Community come together at One Place, so that a child only has to tell of his or her abuse One Time. The organization has been modeled from other National Child Protection Centers across the country. Since 1996, this non-profit agency has provided medical exams and forensic interviews to our community’s most vulnerable children. The majority of the children present with sexual abuse, however physical abuse and neglect are also evaluated. In 2009, Project Harmony served almost 2,200 children, by providing interviews and medical exams to those who were suspected victims of child sexual, physical abuse or neglect. Unfortunately more than 50 percent of the children served were under the age of six. Gene Klein is the executive director of Project Harmony and has served in this capacity since 2002. Gene has over 20 years experience in nonprofit agencies serving children and families. In April, Leo Knowles, of ConAgra, was elected to serve as the chair of the Board of Directors. He brings to the agency terrific community leadership. Suzanne Haney, MD was hired in May 2008 to provide medical leadership for the organization. Dr. Haney comes to Omaha from Norfolk Virginia with extensive fellowship training in child abuse and neglect. Pediatrics created a new sub-specialty in child abuse, and Dr. Haney will be one of the first physicians in the country to be eligible for this distinction.

Brag Lines: Project Harmony is recognized as a national leader for their level of child abuse expertise. In October 2009 Project Harmony was selected to present at the National Children’s Summit in DC to discuss our collaborative approach and the model we have developed here in Omaha as identified as “best practice” by many child advocacy groups.  Deb Anderson, Director of Training and Education, has trained over 13,000 professionals in our community since being hired in August of 2007. We have completed our 3rd Speaking of Children luncheon in March with over 1,100 people in attendance and more than 550 professionals participating in the training portion of the event. It is one extraordinary day to inspire and inform the community in the fight against child abuse.

Pay it Forward: Project Harmony relies on the generosity of the community to sustain its medical evaluations, forensic interviews and advocacy services for children. The website has a current Wish List on the home page at all times. Financial contributions, volunteer opportunities, and participation in special events are available for the community to get involved. July 31st is the third annual Pre-Sturgis Poker Run and Sept. 24 the Project Harmony Service League will hold its seventh annual special event “Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day” Celebration! For details on these events, to join the Service League or to learn more about Project Harmony go to


3135 N 93rd St Omaha, NE 68134 (402) 346-0525

Big Givers: PTI Nebraska is a statewide resource that serves the families of children (birth to 26) with disabilities (physical, cognitive, behavioral, and emotional) and special health care needs. The organization provides a variety of services for parents, other family members, school personnel, and interested others, including one-on-one support and assistance, workshops, publications, and a website. The mission of PTI Nebraska is to provide training, information, and support for parents in Nebraska who have a child with special needs. Their vision is for parents to develop the skills necessary to effectively participate in planning and decision-making related to early intervention, educational, transitional and health care services, which, as a result, will prepare their children for productive, independent adult lives. There are currently 104 PTIs in the United States. PTI Nebraska is funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Funding is also received from the Nebraska Department of Education, Special Populations Office, and a grant from the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

Brag Lines: PTI Nebraska is available to provide training and assistance to families of the 47,000 children with disabilities in Nebraska. The majority of the staff and board at PTI Nebraska are parents of children with disabilities, so they are able to bring personal experience, expertise, and empathy when working with families and professionals. The organization conducts relevant training workshops across the state for parents, professionals, and others to attend at no cost. When working with PTI Nebraska, parents report having more knowledge about how to work with schools, how to address their child’s critical needs, and how to find useful information that can lead to better decision-making for their child’s needs.

Pay it Forward: Since PTI Nebraska relies on printing services to update and improve educational materials for parents attending PTI classes and workshops, cash donations or donations of printing services are always appreciated. PTI Nebraska currently seeks volunteer members for a newly-developed board advisory committee. The committee will serve to find new ways to expand community outreach and fundraising opportunities. If you know a family, friend, or neighbor with a child with disabilities or special needs, please help raise awareness of PTI Nebraska by asking them to check out our website at


3612 Cuming Street Omaha, NE 68131 402-898-5900

Big Givers: The Salvation Army has 23 programs to serve the hungry, the homeless and near homeless and those without hope in the Omaha area. If there is a problem in the community, The Salvation Army has a program to help --- families facing crises, abused or neglected children, lonely seniors, disaster victims and others. The Omaha Salvation Army helped over 180,000 people last year. “We are proud of our wise use of donor money --- of every dollar donated, 82 cents goes back to programs and direct services,” Major Paul D. Smith, Divisional Commander.

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Generous supporters donated $4.3 million to support Salvation Army programs in Omaha, according to the most recent report. More than 27,700 volunteers donated almost 54,000 hours. Since 1998, more than 87,000 children have received backpacks and school supplies through The Salvation Army/KETV7 Can Help Kids Back to School Backpack Program. This past year, 12,000 homeless and near homeless were served with food and clothing through Winter Night Watch. The Gene Eppley Camp and Retreat,, 402-291-1912, ext. 10, is for children and adults. The Charles & Margre Durham Booth Manor provides apartments for low-income seniors. 402-898-5880. The Salvation Army Kroc Center opened January, 2010 and serves a unique mission of helping people discover their gifts through health and fitness, education, arts and spiritual enrichment opportunities. The Kroc Center is a 122,000 square foot state-of-the-art, eco-friendly facility that occupies six city blocks just off the interstate at 27th & Y Streets. The Kroc Center offers Fitness and Aquatics centers, Education Center, Gymnasium Complex, Sports Fields complex, Assembly Hall, Fellowship Hall and Commercial Kitchen with professional catering services. Many businesses and groups are choosing The Salvation Army Kroc Center for meetings and events. Clients have included the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, University of Nebraska Medical Center and Cox Communications.

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Call 402-898-5953 to donate by check, money order or credit card. Or donate online at Call 402-898-5912 or 800-274-0628 for information on a gift annuity that provides guaranteed income for life for you or a loved one while helping The Salvation Army continues its century-old mission. Drop off new school supplies, or money to purchase supplies, at the Omaha Salvation Army, 3612 Cuming St., or call 402-898-5860. The Adult Rehabilitation Center helps men with drug and alcohol addiction turn their lives around. To donate clothing, household items or automobiles, call 402-342-4135. Get involved and experience the positive spirit at The Salvation Army Kroc Center. Become a member, host an event for your group or business, plan a child’s birthday party, worship, become a business partner or attend a family event. Help someone who can’t afford a membership to The Salvation Army Kroc Center. Donate money for a scholarship today and make a difference for a child, single parent or an entire family. Visit

11225 Davenport Suite 206 Omaha, NE 68154 402-333-2227

Facing Financial Difficulties Due To... A Divorce? Loss of Job? Post-College Expenses? Overspending? Foreclosure?

We Can Help! We're Confidential and Counseling is Free.

Big Givers: Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Nebraska, Inc.’s mission statement reads – “To Provide a Nonprofit Community Service Dedicated to Delivering Professional Consumer Credit Education, Confidential Debt and Housing Counseling and Debt Management to All Segments of Society, Regardless of their Ability to Pay.” We are a nonprofit, funded and started by the United Way and other various nonprofits in Omaha to provide a community service-based organization. We have a third party audit; we also have a board of directors selected from the Omaha community that oversees the organization. Our accreditation comes from a third party Council on Accreditation in New York City. The major component of our funding comes from the Creditors Fair share. This is a donation from the creditors for the debt that we return to them. We receive HUD grants, and we write grants for additional support.

Brag Lines: CCCSN was established in 1976 in Omaha and now has seven branches through the State of Nebraska and Western Iowa. All of the 13 counselors are certified and have at least three years of experience in the business or a bachelor’s degree. CCCSN is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) and HUD certified, along with COA accreditation. CCCSN has served over 8,000 consumers and families and disburses back to over 3,000 creditors, $13 million a year. The services we provide are seamless, helpful and easy to follow. We donate most of our educational services. All of our counseling sessions are free. Most importantly, we get consumers results. We have a 54 percent success rate with our debt management program. In the foreclosure counseling sessions, workouts or modifications are 75 percent successful for those we help.

Pay it Forward: You can support CCCSN by attending our sponsored events and programs. They include: a. Women Achieving Financial Independence Program, offered in the spring and fall. Babysitting and meals are provided along with all the training/education for women from all walks of life and their children. b. Swing for Financial Literacy, an annual golf tournament fundraiser, largely funded by CCCSN. c. Homebuyer education classes, provided and planned for the first-time homeowner. The certificate is $25 to receive it. You can also help by donating printing services for our handouts/brochures, printing supplies including letterhead stationery and envelopes, and the give-a-ways that we like to give to consumers. To learn more about CCCSN and our programs, visit our website at or call (402)333-8443 for an appointment to discuss your financial literacy.


638 North 109th Plaza Omaha, NE 68154-1722 402.345.2200

Big Givers: Easter Seals Nebraska (ESN) helps individuals with disabilities gain greater independence in their everyday lives and workplaces, and strives to ensure they have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. President & CEO: Karen Carlson Easter Seals Nebraska

Secretary: Steve Ritzman American National Bank

Board Members: Dr. Lynne Baldwin Baldwin Hackett & Meeks, Inc.

Russ Iwan Knights of Columbus Council #3019

Chairman of the Board: Patrick Lacy Frankel Zacharia, LLC

Development: Greg Schnackel Schnackel Engineers, Inc.

Jerry Banks Lozier Corporation

Shane Jacobsen NP Dodge Insurance

Vice Chairman: Andy Nelsen A.C. Nelsen RV World

Past Chairman: Larry McChesney Woodridge Consulting

Sal Carta The Lerner Company

Dr. Gary Lerner Children’s Hospital

Abbie Cornett Nebraska State Senator

Nizar Mamdani Nebraska Medical Center

Rick Gomel Cummins Central Power

Terry Peterson The Tie Yard of Omaha

Treasurer: Jerry Crouse Tenaska, Inc.

Brag Lines: Easter Seals Nebraska is a terrific investment for philanthropists and business folks alike: • It uses donor dollars to draw additional funding into the state from federal sources, allowing it to grow and serve more individuals with disabilities. • In many cases, it assists individuals with disabilities to get off taxpayer benefit systems (like Social Security Disability Insurance) and obtain gainful employment. • It provides low-interest loans to help Nebraskans with disabilities become more mobile and independent, again increasing employment outcomes. For example, Easter Seals Nebraska secured $1 million in Federal Funds to start a loan program five years ago, that has generated over $2.6 million in loans to date, with zero defaults—helping create positive credit for more than 55 individuals who have paid off their loans.

Pay it Forward: People have usually heard of Easter Seals Nebraska, but they’re not always sure what it does or how they can help. After finding out what Easter Seals Nebraska does, here are some fun ways to support Nebraskans with disabilities through ESN: • Attend/sponsor/donate to Easter Seals Nebraska’s Wine Event and/or Family Fun Fest. • Participate in the Presidents Council Campaign ($1,000+). • Designate Easter Seals Nebraska through employee giving campaigns. • Join the Legacy Gift Program. • Cover costs for equipment modifications/assistive technology (AT) for farmers, ranchers or others with disabilities re-entering the workplace. • Provide camp scholarships. • Give a Lily Pin to all the women in your life (specify donations for large: $23, or small: $18). • Collect Easter Seals Nebraska’s unique Precious Moments figurines. • Volunteer for office or event duties. • Donate needed items for camp.


415 South 25th Avenue Omaha, NE 68131 402-345-8101

Big Givers:

SAVE THE DATE: NAMI WALK 2011 June 11, 2011 Volunteer for the WALK 2011 Committee

NAMI is a nonprofit, grassroots organization dedicated to education, support and advocacy for persons who have experienced or are experiencing a mental illness and their families and friends. NAMI is the nation’s largest consumer and family organization dedicated to mental illness. NAMI’s support and education efforts are focused on educating others about mental illness, offering resources to those in need, and advocating that mental illness becomes a high priority. NAMI advocates at the local, state, and national level to implement change and promote access to quality mental health services for everyone. NAMI helps unite parents, spouses, siblings, friends and people who have a mental illness to fight for improved treatment, a better quality of life and recovery.

Brag Lines: Education programs – Family to Family, Basics, Peer to Peer and Support Groups are provided at no cost to participants by volunteer consumers and family members who receive training by NAMI. Connection Recovery Support Groups are available to persons experiencing a mental illness at various locations across the metropolitan area. Support groups are open to anyone with a mental illness needing support and are facilitated by other persons with a mental illness. Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) is provided for law enforcement officers so they have a better understanding of mental illness and assist them when they come in contact with a person who is experiencing a mental illness. The CIT program is provided in collaboration with the Omaha Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Alegent Health, Community Alliance and Region 6 Behavioral Health.

Pay it Forward: NAMI would not be able to provide education, support and services at no cost to participants without the support of the community. Seventy-five percent of our annual budget comes from donations – one third of the budget comes from the annual WALK for the Mind of America held each June at Elmwood Park. Six hundred people walked this past June in support of NAMI and the work being done to support persons with a mental illness and their families. Volunteers provide the education and support groups. Donations provide the training and materials for these volunteers. Visit for more information.


11725 Arbor St., Ste. 210 Omaha NE, 68144 402-932-7200 2010 Patient of the Year nominees

2010 Omaha Walkers Getting Instructions before their trek.

2009 Huber Golf Foursome

Big Givers: The Nebraska Kidney Association (NKA) offers help and hope to kidney and transplant patients and their families; advocates for organ donation; and provides information to help those at risk (one in six Nebraskans) become familiar with kidney functions, recognize symptoms, and understand the need for early detection to prevent or prolong the onset of kidney disease.

Brag Lines: The NKA has been serving kidney and transplant patients for over 41 years with: Educational Information Free Medic Alert Jewelry Workshops Emergency Financial Assistance Respite Funds Dialysis Unit Support

The NKA serves the professional community and the general public with: Professional Education Free Screenings Health Fairs Nebraska Toll-Free Number: 800-642-1255 Organ Donor Information

E-Newsletter: Send your email address to

Pay it Forward: Volunteer for Office or Event Duties Attend Wine Event Attend Kidney Cruise Dinner/Auction Attend Liberty Mutual Golf Tournament Become a Friend of the Association Help Secure/Provide Prizes and/or Auction Items

Attend NKA Walk Make a Financial Donation Sponsor an Event Become a Community Advocate Purchase Big Red Raffle Tickets Designate NKA Through Employee Giving Campaigns

Donate Your Vehicle to KCar Program: Call 888-642-8543, or follow link on web site Donate Household and Personal Items to New Life Thrift: Call 402-731-9311


3507 Harney Street 402-345-HOPE (4673)

Big Givers: The New Hope Life Center for Women offers gender-specific residential and after-care programs for women in recovery from drug and alcohol addictions. When a woman enters the program at New Hope Life Center for Women, she commits to at least 9-12 months of holistic recovery. The holistic recovery integrates physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health, as well as life skills and goal setting. Long-term community building with our women, staff, and volunteers is the goal at New Hope Life Center for Women so that women don’t fall between the cracks and fail again.  The aspect of community building and aftercare is unique to New Hope Life Center for Women.  Opportunities for program alumnae to serve as volunteers in New Hope Life Center for Women programs are encouraged, as one means of sustaining and extending personal growth, while supporting the recovery of others. Mission Statement: Founded in 2003, the mission of the New Hope Life Center for Women is to assist women who are committed to overcoming past failures by helping them address core life issues and partner with them as they find new hope to secure an integrated, thriving life in the broader community.

Brag Lines: We don’t give up. We see women through the lens of their potential and not through their past. We are successfully reversing the failure rate for female addicts in recovery and providing dramatic results for women, families, and the community; 75 percent of the women we graduate are clean and sober one year after program completion! Creating permanent community with our residents and graduates, NOT just a program; New Hope provides a place that always allows women to come home. Aftercare support is provided for all program alumnae at no charge to the women; 100 percent of our graduates participate!

Pay it Forward: Connect us with your supportive organization, church, rotary, PEO so that we can spread the word about New Hope and expand our base of support. Because we receive NO government funding, donations are always needed and appreciated! Provide entry-level job opportunities for the women that we serve, helping them get a fresh start. Host a donated items drive with your employer for: paper products, household items, personal items, etc. Check out our wish list at: Provide in-kind services like snow removal, carpet cleaning, printing, small repairs of all kinds, etc.


P.O. Box 540852 Omaha, NE 68154 (402) 571-4011

Big Givers: Chartered in 1979, the Omaha Chapter of The Compassionate Friends is one of over 625 chapters nationwide dedicated to reaching out to families who have experienced the death of a child through a support group, newsletters, grief resource library, speakers bureau and memorial programs. Whether the child you mourn died before birth, as an infant, child, teen, or adult, we join together to remember our children, learn coping skills, and make friendships that can help carry us through the most difficult time in our lives by sharing stories of pain and stories of hope. The group is self-led by a committee of caring leaders who are not professionals, but have walked the walk. The two-fold mission is to promote the positive resolution of families’ grief following the death of a child at any age or any cause, and to foster better understanding of parental and sibling grief among family members, friends, and employers of those who have suffered this tragedy. The secret of TCF’s success is simple: as seasoned grievers reach out to the newly bereaved, energy that has been directed inward begins to flow outward and both are helped to heal.

Brag Lines: On the 2nd Sunday of Dec. at 7 p.m., the Omaha Chapter hosts a memorial event in observance of the Worldwide Candle Lighting. Hundreds of families in Omaha join families around the world to remember all children who have died by lighting a candle for one hour. In 2009, the Angel of Hope Children’s Memorial at Boys Town became the 95th statue built in the United States, as a place of remembrance, connection and peace for families. In it’s wing is inscribed the word HOPE and a child’s name is written on each brick. It stands as a symbol of hope for all parents and loved ones who have experienced the death of a child, and reminds parents that they are not alone and that they, too, can survive. The project is our way to show we care for grieving families and our children are remembered, and live on through us. A formal dedication is planned for Sept. 26, 2010. The local Chapter is hosting a Regional Conference in April 2011 to provide a comfortable and pleasant learning and sharing experience. The Chapter depends entirely upon voluntary donations.

Pay it Forward: * Purchase a brick in memory of a child at the Angel of Hope Children’s Memorial. * Give a gift in any amount in memory of a child. * Support the April 2011 Compassionate Friends Regional Conference in Omaha with a sponsorship, silent auction item or volunteer. * Serve on the advisory board of professionals who have experienced the death of a child and understand and support the work of the group. * Help us reach out to grieving families who may have never heard of Compassionate Friends, and don’t know where else to turn.


8610 Brentwood Drive #3 La Vista, NE 68128

Big Givers: The Nebraska Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® raises funds to support the Komen Promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures. The Komen Nebraska Affiliate is part of the 125-Affiliate network of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting to end breast cancer forever. The Affiliates are the face and voice of Komen for the Cure’s global breast cancer movement in communities around the world. Through local events and activities, the Komen Nebraska Affiliate mobilizes and educates thousands of community members while raising funds to support community-based breast cancer programs. Since 1994, the Affiliate’s efforts have meant substantive financial distribution to statewide breast cancer organizations and programs. Additionally, the National Komen for the Cure Award and Research Grant Program has also distributed grants to Nebraska- based organizations, in partnership with the Affiliate. Komen Nebraska’s service area includes 91 of the 93 Nebraska counties. Dakota and Thurston Counties in Northeast Nebraska are supported by the Komen Siouxland Affiliate. Lynette Farhart has served as the Executive Director of the Nebraska Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure since 2004.

Brag Lines:  In 2010, Komen Nebraska’s local fundraising efforts, such as the Race for the Cure®, have enabled it to fund community health grants totaling $478,100.60 to support several Nebraska breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs. Nearly $5 million has been distributed to Nebraska-based organizations for education, screening, and treatment since Komen Nebraska’s first Race for the Cure in 1994. The Komen Nebraska Affiliate also sent $170,803.91 to the National Komen for the Cure Award and Research Grant Program in 2010. This international program supports the most promising breast cancer research projects at institutions around the world.

Pay it Forward: The Komen Nebraska Affiliate’s success is strengthened by the commitment and dedication of our generous donors and volunteers. We are continuously working to recruit new volunteers and community supporters to help us keep our promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever. In addition, the Affiliate is always looking for additional supporters of the Susan G. Komen Nebraska Race for the Cure. The Race series is the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created. The 5k run / walk and 1-mile fitness walk raise significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement. This year, the 17th annual Susan G. Komen Nebraska Race for the Cure will be held on Sunday, Oct. 3 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, with the goal of 21,000 participants and $800,000 in funds raised.


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Big Givers: Building Bright Futures (BBF) was created in 2006 by a group of business, civic and political leaders who came together to assess and question the status of our youth in Douglas and Sarpy counties and to determine whether young people were receiving the support and services they needed. The BBF mission is to improve academic performance, raise graduation rates, increase civic and community responsibility and ensure that all students are prepared for post-secondary education by developing partnerships with organizations and schools to create a community-based network of services for an estimated 120,000 young people in the two-county area. Board members include: Chairman, Richard Holland, President, Michael Yanney, Susie Buffett, Mike Fahey, Andy Holland, Wally and Barbara Weitz, Katie Weitz White, Dianne Lozier and BBF Executive Director, John Cavanaugh.

Brag Lines: The BBF Pipeline to Success includes initiatives that are being implemented in 18 pilot elementary, middle and high schools in the Douglas and Sarpy County area. The Early Childhood Services initiative provides families and children services and programs that help provide an integrated system of early health and family support services, as well as, early childhood education supports and additional resources. The Healthy Futures initiative will open six pilot school-based health centers within the Omaha Public Schools (OPS) district in the fall of 2010. The newlyconstructed centers will provide an opportunity for children to receive basic healthcare services throughout the school day. The Student Engagement, Attendance & Service Learning initiative at the University of Nebraska at Omaha is promoting student engagement service learning academies and the 40 Developmental Assets across the two-county area. Midlands Mentoring Partnership is a 12-member collaboration designed to raise public awareness of and support for high-quality youth mentoring programs by improving youth mentoring through best practices, resource-sharing and capacity building. The Middle School Learning Center Initiative (MSLCI) focuses on providing quality, free after school programs that offer school-based programming and additional time and opportunities for learning in six OPS middle schools. The Academic Supports & Re-engagement initiative provides strategic tutoring, interventions for reading and math, as well as in-class and out-of-school supports in an effort to help students stay in school and on a path to academic success.

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Beauty Re-do SEVEN Salon was the site of an amazing makeover for 45-year-old Kim Ponec. Ponec, a pizza restaurant manager, was nominated for the day of beauty by her stepdaughter Brooke Blakeman. SEVEN Salon had its Facebook fans submit nominations online. Shannon Stickman, TIGI Regional Education Director and owner of SEVEN Salon, said “we do these kinds of transformations every day here at SEVEN Salon.” THE PERSON Ponec was a willing participant, although prior to the visit she wasn’t in the habit of pampering herself. “Me and L’Oreal, we get along just fine,” she said. Ponec had never before had an eyebrow wax. She went in for a haircut just once a year. Ponec was a “diamond in the rough,” the type of woman who, instead of taking time for her own pampering and grooming, takes care of all the others around her and is the ultimate DIY’er. Ponec catered and made the flowers for her own wedding. Following is Blakeman’s winning nomination: “I would like to nominate my stepmother, Kim Ponec, to receive a makeover by one of your talented stylists at SEVEN Salon. “Kim is a mother of four boys, stepmother of four, and a grandmother to two and has one more grandchild on the way... those numbers alone should tell you why she deserves a makeover. “I can truly say that Kim is THE nicest, most loving, kind and generous person that I know. She loves her family and friends dearly and would do anything for them. She has been known to anonymously do nice things for people and never EVER expects anything in return. She is really big on family time and has even implemented a “family night dinner” at her house once a week for all of the kids, grandkids and even my grandparents to get together for a nice meal. I could go on and on the reasons why she is so deserving of this...I really could. “Let’s be honest, her hairstyle is straight out of the 80’s and she has been in desperate need of a makeover for at least the past 20 years. The reason for this is because she is always thinking about and putting others first. It would be a blessing if she was pampered for a day!”

THE PROCESS A team of experts set at work to prettify and polish Ponec. Her eyebrows and nails were shaped while the foils were put into her amazingly thick hair. Four hours and 77 foils later, Ponec was ready for the trimming process. She just didn’t want her hair cut short. Stickman honored her wishes and cut just five inches off the length. Shaping was done around her face. In addition, Stickman did some point cutting, texturixing, layering and weight reduction to Ponec’s thick hair. While at work, Stickman said, “When you’re layering thick textured hair, it’s key to know what you’re doing before you go in and start cutting.” For the finished style, Stickman used Pureology Super Smoothing Elixir, which she rubbed through her hair. In addition, she rubbed a good amount of TIGI Smoothing Lusterizer on Ponec’s ends. As a final touch, Stickman applied TIGI S Factor Flatiron Shine Spray. Kim’s husband Mike said, “I didn’t know what to expect. I think she’s beautiful no matter what. And she deserved this.” Is she going to keep going to the salon? Both Blakeman and Ponec said yes. Why? Because Kim’s worth it.





Statement Style The time to look toward fall fashion is here. The boutiques are back from their market shopping and they are excited about the styles presented this season. The new styles will be in stores in August by the time you are reading this! The big story this year is gray, gray gray and all shades of gray according to several of the boutiques interviewed for this story, including Kim Ahlers of Kajoma’s Fashion Boutique in Papillion. “From fabulous sweaters to denim to boots and purses,” Ahlers said. In addition, “ruffles are going to continue into fall with a strong presence on handbags, coats and purses.”

Texture is another big story this year with fabrics and sweaters. “They are so amazing,” said Sarah Brown of Sarah’s Boutique in Countryside Village. “A lot of textured fabrics, a lot of knit sweaters with assymetrical hems. They are over-the-top slimming! You can dress them up or dress them down,” Brown added. Look for new coat styles this year as well with artsy sleeve treatments. Skinny jeans will continue into fall as well. Must-have items? “A gray sweater dress you can pair with leggings and boots,” said Ahlers, or a long sweater vest, “a statement piece,” said Brown.






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Invest in something with shoulder interest. Accentuated shoulders appear in lots of fall jackets and knits for added sophistication! High shoulders are easy to dress up or pair with denim for a casually chic look. Incorporate new exaggerated collars on jackets or blouses. These add a bit of novelty to wardrobe mainstays. Wear lace! Lace is classic and has everlasting style-plus it is a huge trend. You can find hints of it added to basic t-shirts or in dressy skirts; lace is really easy to mix into the everyday wardrobe. Oversized coats and capes are important because they are a practical way to fit over jackets and thick knits. These can quickly become the “go-to”, “throw-on-and-out-thedoor” piece that always looks fabulous. These are great to buy in luxe fabrics like alpaca and cashmere because they are warm, yet lightweight! Bold, rich colors are the way to go if your wardrobe needs a pop. Blackberry is a great color that can be used as a neutral, but is a nice departure from black.







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Have you ever had one of those days when you feel like you’re making more trips to the bathroom than usual? Do you feel a burning sensation when you try to urinate? These are almost always tell-tale signs of a urinary tract infection, which at least 50 percent of women develop at some point during their life. A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a bacterial infection that begins in the urinary system (composed of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra) after germs enter the system through the urethra, the tube that carries urine from your bladder to the outside of your body. The germs that usually cause these infections live in your large intestine and are found in your stool; and if they get inside the urethra, they can travel up into the bladder and cause an infection. An infection limited to the bladder can be painful and annoying, but it becomes more serious if it’s ignored and the infection spreads to the kidneys. Some of the symptoms associated with a UTI include: pain or burning during urination; tender or heavy-feeling belly; cloudy or smelly urine; pain on one side of your back under your ribs; fever and chills; and in more serious cases, nausea and vomiting. Women are at greater risk of developing UTIs than men because they have shorter urethras, so it’s easier for germs to move up into their bladders. Dr. Kristin Rooney, a urogynecologist at the Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Continence Center, says women between the age of 20 and 30 are typically more likely to get UTIs than other age group. Women who are sexually active, diabetic, pregnant or menopausal can also be more susceptible to infection. Most doctors can diagnose a urinary tract infection just by the common symptoms, but occasionally they will take urine samples to run a laboratory analysis. Although these tests cannot differentiate whether the infection is in the bladder or the kidneys, a fever and back pain on one side may indicate the infection has reached the kidneys. Rooney says, “Home remedies are not recommended for the treatment of a UTI since antibiotics work best, but we do sometimes suggest pure cranberry juice and cranberry pills as home prevention.” Studies have shown that cranberry juice is an effective agent in prevention of urinary tract infections because it keeps the urine an acid PH. So, what else can you do to keep yourself from being infected? According to Rooney, the best ways to keep from getting a UTI is to drink plenty of water and empty your bladder often.




Problems can arise during any point in the pregnancy, which is why doctors emphasize the importance of making every prenatal visit, even if you’re healthy and feeling good.

Prenatal Care Helps Ensure Health of Mom and Baby

It’s a proven fact. Women who make regular prenatal visits during pregnancy have fewer complications, reduced neonatal intensive care admissions, and fewer pre-term births, says Caron Gray, MD, obstetrician/gynecologist at Creighton University Medical Center. Omaha is already starting to see the impact of what happens when women don’t seek prenatal care – the result of a new bill passed in the Nebraska legislature in February that no longer allows Medicaid to cover prenatal care among illegal immigrants. “This could set us back 20 years,” says Dr. Gray. “We’re already seeing problems like eclampsia, untreated gestational diabetes, undiagnosed fetal growth problems, as well as complications with patients due to poorly controlled pre-existing diabetes.” Many of these conditions can develop unbeknownst to the mother. Such was the case for Jacey Gengenbach of Omaha, a personal trainer and a picture of health. At 32, Gengenbach’s first pregnancy seemed to be going very smoothly. Gengenbach saw her

OB/GYN Sylvia Ziegenbein, MD, promptly after missing her first period. Dr. Ziegenbein, who practices at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Olson Center for Women’s Health, confirmed her pregnancy and began Gengenbach on prenatal vitamins and a folic acid supplement. Gengenbach continued to exercise regularly and eat healthy. “Everything seemed to be going so well,” says Gengenbach. It was at her 28-week visit that Gengenbach learned of the unexpected development. Her blood pressure had risen to concerning levels. Dr. Ziegenbein diagnosed her with preeclampsia, a condition that can develop during pregnancy and is marked by high blood pressure and excess protein in the urine. If untreated, it can lead to serious and even fatal complications for mother and baby. Gengenbach says the news came as a big surprise. “I felt fine,” she recalls. “Except for some extra fluid in my ankles, I didn’t have continued on next page



HEALTHfocus any other symptoms. In fact, I had just done a three-mile walk about 10 days before.” Dr. Ziegenbein tried treating Gengenbach with several medications, but with no success. Instead, Gengenbach’s condition continued to worsen. At 34 weeks, baby Tristan was delivered in

“Conditions like preeclampsia, gestational diabetes and fetal growth problems are all conditions that can develop during pregnancy without the mother even realizing it.”

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Dr. Sylvia Ziegenbein, OB/GYN at UNMC’s Olson Center for Women’s Health.

a caesarean section (c-section) to avoid serious complications. As a result of Gengenbach’s early diagnosis and Dr. Ziegenbein’s close monitoring of the situation, the outcome was good: Tristan spent 15 days in the neonatal intensive care unit until he was strong enough to eat and suffered no long-term complications. Gengenbach’s blood pressure immediately dropped and has decreased to levels in the mild hypertension range – a potential side effect of preeclampsia. “I feel so fortunate,” says Gengenbach. “Had Dr. Ziegenbein not been so attentive to my situation, who knows what the outcome may have been.” “Prenatal care is one of the most important things a woman

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Ideally, prenatal care should begin even before a woman becomes pregnant with pre-conception counseling. “This allows us to provide pre-education about their pregnancy, identify potential problems early on and make sure any existing health conditions are under control,” says Mark Carlson, MD, OB/GYN at Nebraska Methodist Health System. “One of the first things we like to recommend is that you start on prenatal vitamins with .4 milligrams of folic acid several months before you become pregnant. Folic acid helps prevent neural tube defects by helping the baby’s spine to close properly. Neural tube defects develop early on in the pregnancy. If a patient does not begin prenatal vitamins before their first visit, it could be too late.” Pre-conception counseling also allows your doctor to ensure pre-existing conditions like diabetes, thyroid disease and lung conditions are well contained before becoming pregnant. There also are many things women can modify on their own, like smoking, drinking, drug abuse and obesity, that will help decrease complications. “The risk of diabetes and primary c-section goes up greatly in obese women,” says Dr. Carlson. “These women may also require bed rest before delivery and more time for recovery after delivery. If they can bring their weight down before becoming pregnant, their pregnancy is likely to go much smoother.” Education is an important part of prenatal visits. This includes things like eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and staying well hydrated. “Becoming pregnant doesn’t give you the green light to eat whatever you want, whenever you want,” says Dr. Ziegenbein. “Your baby only needs 300 to 400 extra calories a day. The recommended weight gain is 25 to 35 pounds. A large amount of weight gain can lead to a variety of problems such as preeclampsia, diabetes, still birth, infection and increased rate of c-section.” Women who were exercising before pregnancy can continue exercising as long as it is comfortable. If you have not been currently exercising, low impact exercise like walking, bicycling, swimming, water aerobics and using an elliptical are strongly encouraged, says Dr. Carlson. “Staying hydrated, especially in the summer, is very important as the body is very sensitive to dehydration during pregnancy,” he says. Foods, drinks and habits to avoid during pregnancy include alcohol and drugs, smoking, excessive caffeine, unpasteurized cheese, raw fish like sushi, and any fish that may carry high levels of mercury. This includes tuna, swordfish and mackerel. Getting vaccinated for the flu and the H1N1 virus should also be high on your priority list. Women are also counseled about some of the red flags that might indicate potential problems. For preeclampsia, this could include symptoms like swelling of the hands and face, headaches that don’t go away, abdominal pain in the right upper quadrant, and blurry vision. Gestational diabetes usually doesn’t cause any symptoms and rarely can cause excessive thirst and increased urination. Conditions that might signal pre-term labor include: cramping, more than four to six contractions in an hour, pelvic pain that doesn’t go away when you lay down, discolored discharge, lack of fetal kick movements after 28 weeks, and vaginal bleeding.


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Women who delay childbirth face additional concerns, including increased risk for birth defects and genetic abnormalities. “For every pregnancy, there is a 3 percent risk of the baby being born with a birth defect or genetic condition,” says Dr. Ziegenbein. A portion of that risk increases with maternal age and rises more dramatically once a woman reaches the age of 35 and older. This is especially true for chromosomal aberrations like Down syndrome

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The profiles were altered so that the girls appear younger and more diverse. The shape is truer to a classic trefoil and Girl Scouts are “reclaiming green!”

As Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) color palette and refreshed logo that approaches its 100-year anniversary was originally created in the 1970s by in 2012, this well-known and beloved legendary designer, Saul Bass. organization is revitalizing and “A revitalized and energized brand is reenergizing its brand to reach a new absolutely essential for us and our future generation of girls. growth,” said Kathy Cloninger, Chief As happens every 30 years or so, GSUSA Executive Officer of GSUSA. “About one takes a look at their logo and materials and out of every 10 girls participates in Girl asks the question, “Does this reflect today’s Scouting and that’s a tremendous number, Girl Scouts?” After extensive research and development, the decision was made to retool and redesign the corporate brand in order to reacquaint the country with Girl Scouts and to communicate the power girls have to change the world through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Branding defines an organization and as Girl Scout programming, and the needs of girls change, so follow the logos, materials and messaging. Like any iconic corporation, it is about staying relevant, while What’s old is new again. Girls at Camp Maha sport a classic trefoil look that is now part of the new Girl Scout branding. maintaining the integrity of your “look” so that people will have instant recognition of who you are and but it also means that we have great what you do and you can also appeal to potential to grow. We have literally those who are new to Girl Scouting. revamped the entire organization to appeal The Girl Scout re-branding, part to that 90 percent of girls who aren’t of the organization’s comprehensive benefiting from the Girl Scout Leadership transformation, consists of a striking Experience. And with our new brand work, new visual identity, which includes we think we have the right message at the the distinctive trefoil mark, revised right time.” EVERY ISSUE, HER MAGAZINE BRINGS YOU AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE GIRL SCOUTS – SPIRIT OF NEBRASKA. YOU CAN HELP, GET INVOLVED!


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Renaissance in Philanthropy by Women Women have always had a part in their household charitable giving. Research shows that the role of women in philanthropy is evolving as they create their own wealth. They are often beneficiaries of wealth transfers because women are increasingly living longer. Forbes magazine reported earlier this year that women control 83 percent of household spending and more than 50 percent of family wealth. In the new Renaissance of women of wealth and in philanthropic leadership roles, we see women using their connections to form networks of influencers in their charitable giving. Women, strengthened by economic selfsufficiency and education, often give back passionately to the communities they live and work in. A 2009 Barclay’s Wealth study showed that women in the U.S. give to charity an average of nearly twice as much as men. This Renaissance also sees these philanthropic leaders looking at solving community problems by creating economic opportunities. They back programs which enable individuals to help themselves transition out of tough circumstances by working toward economic and personal self-sufficiency. This year marks an exciting and transitional time for the YWCA as we experience a Renaissance that will be shared throughout the Greater Omaha area. New, as well as refreshed programs have been introduced to meet the fundamental and transitional needs of a diverse and growing, multigenerational population in the workforce and in the vital development of our city. The YWCA is rooted in a 117-year history of empowering women in our com-

munity through a broad spectrum of programs and services to help them build lives of strength, growth and stability. Our Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (DVSA) program offers a full range of services for victims of sexual assault including a 24-hour hotline, advocacy, counseling and legal services. Our revitalized Youth Education and Prevention program focuses on school and agency-based collaborations promoting violence prevention and health lifestyles. Our new Connections program provides Avenues for women from all walks of life to connect with other women through mentoring, enrichment classes and special events. The expanded Women in Transition program provides tools and resources for women to shape their future following a separation, divorce, death of a loved one, or as they enter or return to the workforce. Our Annual Career Fair and Clothing Extravaganza held in September is one example of active involvement in helping women shape their futures. New this year is Bridges to Opportunity, which assists individuals in their efforts to build self-sufficiency. Finally, our Men’s Program reaches out to men and boys to prevent and educate about violence, in order to enhance their lives and the lives of their families. Our clients come to us in times of crisis, in times of life transition, in times of growth for job training and career counseling, and they come just to connect with other others. They come for a variety of reasons and they leave with new skills, renewed spirits and stronger lives. The YWCA has always prepared people for new skills, leadership and a successful place in the community. Success comes through regained hope, self-sufficiency, empowerment and a deep and sustained commitment. Renaissance.


WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT HOME HEALTHCARE, BUT SHOULD Who? Those who can benefits from home healthcare services include the premature baby with complex or multiple diagnoses, pediatric children who require ongoing medical management, the 28-year old skier who fractured her leg, the 45-year old, post-surgical woman who requires help at home, the 62-year old who fractures her hip celebrating retirement, and the 70ish grandparent with signs of dementia. What? Home healthcare has progressed from taking care of your grandparent after a hospital stay, to bringing physical, occupational and antibiotic therapies to the home for patients of all ages. Disease management, and new or current diagnoses or medication changes are reasons that home healthcare should be utilized. This includes, but is not limited to diabetes, blood clots, congestive heart failure and respiratory problems. Services that are available in the comfort of the home include: • Skilled Nursing • Physical Therapy • Occupational Therapy • Home Health Aides • Respite/Companion Aides • Social Services/Case Management When? Home healthcare is not synonymous with senior care. We need to change our mindset and understand that homecare is an intervention tool that may need to be considered at any given age, especially when making life changing decisions. Where? The city of Omaha provides numerous independent living communities. We have access to independent housing, as well as assisted and senior living facilities. Home healthcare is available in any of these living arrangements. Many assume that nursing services are provided at these facilities, but the reality is, the medical needs may not be met. Why? Home healthcare allows you and your family to actively participate in your healthcare goals and provides greater family understanding. Reaching any goal is empowering! How? Get informed. For any questions regarding home healthcare services, contact to following: Primary Home Healthcare (402) 345-1374 Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging (402) 444-6444 Alzheimer’s Association (800) 272-3900



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More Cheese, Please This year I have the honor of being one of the Chef Ambassadors for Wisconsin Cheese. A few months ago I spent four days with the other 10 Chef Ambassadors, touring the artisan cheese makers, meeting their families, and tasting the cheeses. It was an experience of a lifetime. Upon returning home, I started working on new recipes that use cheese, yet balance good health and fantastic taste. One all-time favorite is Macaroni and Cheese. I added edamame to the recipe and used Dreamfields pasta, both of which add protein, fiber, texture and flavor. With Dill being the Herb of the Year, I added it to the recipe as well. It’s been a hit each time I’ve made it. Next, I made a new twist on the Waldorf Salad, using dried cranberries, local pecans, grapes and Gorgonzola Cheese. These new flavors took this oldtime favorite and kicked it up a notch. I hope you will try these recipes and let me know what you think. My e-mail is

Wisconsin Macaroni and Cheese Servings: 10

1 cup half and half 8 ounces Wisconsin cheddar cheese 8 ounces Wisconsin Dill havarti cheese 2 ounces Wisconsin cheddar cheese 1 teaspoon dill weed 16 ounces Edamame 16 ounces Dreamfields pasta Heat half and half on low heat, add cheeses and dill weed, stirring occasionally. Bring a large pot water to boiling, add sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to water, add pasta and cook until slightly undercooked. Add edamame to water, then drain in colander. Spray a large casserole dish with non-stick spray, add drained pasta and edamame and cheese sauce and stir in. Top with 2 ounces grated cheddar cheese. Bake in a 350- degree oven for 30 minutes. Per Serving 478 Calories; 21g Fat (43.6% calories from fat); 26g Protein; 36g Carbohydrate; 7g Dietary Fiber; 64mg Cholesterol; 373mg Sodium. Exchanges: 2 1/2 Grain(Starch); 1 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 3 Fat. Copyright:

Waldorf Salad with Dried Cranberries & Wisconsin Gorgonzola Cheese Servings: 8

4 medium apples, chopped in large chunks 4 stalks celery, sliced 1/2-inch thick on the diagonal 1 cup dried cranberries 1 cup pecans, chopped 1 cup green grapes cut in half 1 cup red grapes cut in half 1 cup light sour cream 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup Wisconsin Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled Combine apples, celery, cranberries, grapes and pecans. Mix sour cream with mayonnaise and toss in with apple mixture and Wisconsin gorgonzola cheese. Cover and chill. Per Serving 290 Calories; 24g Fat (68.8% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 21g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber;14mg Cholesterol; 206mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain (Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 1 Fruit; 3 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.


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